Exporting Seminar Cancelled


Update: September 19, 2012 - The exporting seminar planned for September 25 has been cancelled. For more information, please contact Linda Howard at or 406-444-5425.   


HELENA, Mont. -- The Montana Department of Agriculture will host a full-day seminar Sept. 25, 2012 in Helena for food and agricultural companies looking to expand their business through international trade. The program is designed for companies that manufacture food, beverages, health and beauty aids, pet food, yarn and fiber, or any value-added product made from resources grown and harvested in Montana.


While encouraging U.S. exports and economic growth, this strategically designed seminar will highlight the benefits of exporting and will provide participants access to key resources. Matt Tripodi, government and trade relations manager of Euromonitor International, will provide the keynote address, discussing global trends for food and agricultural products and why agricultural exports will be in great demand in the future. Companies will also learn more about introductory and financial services available to help them explore, enter and expand their business internationally.


Data recently released by the USDA'S Foreign Agricultural Service showcase food and agriculture exports as a bright spot in the U.S. economy, with 2011 export sales rising $20.5 billion over the previous record set in calendar year 2010. This rise in export sales can greatly be attributed to the high demand for quality agricultural goods.


"Every growth-oriented Montana company should examine the possibility of exporting products," says Linda Howard, Montana Department of Agriculture’s international marketing officer. "Matt Tripodi will provide some compelling evidence why it’s vital to diversify one’s marketing strategy to include key foreign markets. Very few Montana companies export and this means that the majority of our businesses are missing out on 96 percent of the world’s consumers."


The seminar is a cooperative effort between the Montana Department of Agriculture and the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association. Pre-registration is required and must be submitted by September 21, 2012. A full agenda and registration form can be found online. For additional information, contact Linda Howard at or 406-444-5425.




Steph Hystad
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-5425
Fax: (406) 444-9442


Published: August 23, 2012 5:15:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: September 19, 2012 8:59:24 AM MDT